Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Seminars / Tutorials (2 x 2 hours)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 X 2,500 WORD ESSAY  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   1 X 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAM  70%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be:
a) Familiar with a body of historical knowledge in the field of early modern Europe
b) Familiar with comparative perspectives on the history of modernity, and Europe's role in early globalisation
c) Able to read, analyse and reflect critically on secondary and primary texts
d) Able to gather and sift appropriate items of historical evidence
e) Able to work both independently and collaboratively, and to participate in group discussions (not assessed)

Brief description

To provide a broad 'survey' of Early Modern European history from the Renaissance to the eve of the Industrial Revolution, examined through landmark 'events' and selected biographical case studies. The course will ask why, and how plausibly, developments such as the Renaissance and Reformation, the 'Discovery' of the New World by Europeans, the 'Rise of Capitalism', the 'Scientific Revolution' and the 'Decline of Magic' have been viewed as shaping a distinctively 'modern' world. The questions asked in the course are fundamental for newcomers to the period, but the case studies to be examined are also intended to complement and refine, rather than to duplicate, the treatment of Early Modern history in courses offered at Level One and elsewhere at Level 3.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Jean-Baptiste Duroselle (1990) Europe: A History of its Peoples (Chapters 11 & 12) Primo search John Hale (1993) The Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6